17 August 2010

As part of its ongoing green agenda, FACT’s Collaborations and Engagement team have been working with pupils from The Academy of St Francis of Assisi’s Network Enterprise Team (NET) to support their Change for Change project and promote health and wellbeing issues both locally and globally.

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Pupils set up the Network Enterprise Team after a live Internet link-up between a school in the Brooklyn, NYC and The Academy of St Francis of Assisi held at FACT during its Climate for Change exhibition in Spring 2009. The pupils were inspired to start a project that aims to encourage the public to make a small change to help save the environment.

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To help them, FACT asked Arena Housing, a charitable housing association it works closely with, to reconsider the free gifts they give away each year at the annual Arena Options conference. In the past these were plastic pens, key rings, notepads etc - products that are made from materials that are bad for the environment and uninspiring. Arena agreed to hand over the budget they set aside for these freebies to the NET and FACT’s Engagement team set a brief to create an environmentally-friendly, sustainable and innovative pack.

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In collaboration with FACT’s Collaboration and Engagement team, the pupils hosted an Arena residents meeting, pitched their ideas to Arena residents and staff and promoted the Change for Change project. The group developed budget management skills, research skills and greater knowledge of environmental issues, as well as learning how to pitch to a real client, develop a team and undertake a project from start to finish. The final products selected went into the Arena Conference delegate packs on 18 March.

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Recently the students from The Academy of St Francis of Assisi involved in the Change for Change project have been invited to New York to work with the school they partnered in the original project to develop a video diary and to meet our Climate for Change exhibition partners Eyebeam. Look out for the video diary as we plan to use it back in Liverpool to help promote the themes of Change for Change and inspire future generations of school children!

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Through housing projects, clean-up activities, bag packing and pledges the students hard work has paid off and they have raised enough money for their trip! So off we go!

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Look out for blog entries and webcasts by the group at the end of August- and of course, the students will be offsetting their carbon emissions upon their return!


 

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